Sterling C. Johnson

Position title: Professor, Department of Medicine


Phone: (608) 262-9549

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Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Postdoctoral in Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA

Research Description:

I am a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist focused on understanding ADrelated changes in the brain and the impact of those changes on cognition. I am particularly interested in disambiguating pre-symptomatic dementiaprocesses from normal aging, and other agerelated brain diseases using PET and MRI and fluid biomarkers in conjunction with cognition and have developed a multifaceted program of research in this regard. My work from the past 15 years conducting longitudinal imaging biomarkers in people at risk for AD has recently revealed that an onset age for AD can be estimated at the person level and that it varies widely from A+ person to person. We have also realized that a person will live longer with the disease in its presymptomatic form than the symptomatic form, which is an opportunity for secondary prevention.

Research Focus:

Brain Changes, Cognitive Disorders, Age-Related Brain Diseases

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